An Introduction to the Nature and Culture-Based Tourism Course (Undergraduate)

Educational and Research Objectives of the Nature and Culture-Based Tourism Course

The course trains people who will, in cities and associated localities, take on the job of conserving, protecting, and appropriately using environments and resources and providing for their planning and coordination from the perspectives of “sightseeing” and “tourism.” In particular, the course focuses on fostering people who can advantageously use the characteristics of the Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences to analyze and examine “sightseeing” and “tourism” in terms of science and engineering, and discuss them in a scientific and integrated manner.

Such people can make a contribution to building sustainable relationships of symbiosis and coexistence between humans and various environments.

Admissions Policy for the Nature- and Culture-Based Tourism Course

The Nature- and Culture-Based Tourism Course comprises two fields: the field of nature-based tourism, which considers the conservation and appropriate use of the natural environment from a science perspective, and the field of culture-based tourism, which considers community development that makes good use of local resources from an engineering perspective.

For that reason this course aims to conduct education from a science-and-engineering perspective, which was lacking in traditional tourism education, and produce promising graduates who are the kind of generalists that society needs. It is important for students to have a basic grounding in science and engineering, and they also need liberal arts knowledge in foreign languages, humanities, and social sciences as part of a broad range of knowledge and liberal learning, as well as the ability to discover problems.

Advancement to the Nature- and Culture-Based Tourism Course

This course was established in the Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences as a course which students enter in their third year.

Students who wish to enter this course should start with other courses in the Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences, and complete the basic subjects in this course in addition to those of the other courses they are taking.